The Talented Referees Youth Squad (TRYS) has been established to provide a structured development program for “Youth Referees”, our stars of the future, to learn and develop the skills needed to attain a State Level accreditation. The program is coordinated through NSW Touch Junior Panel, supported by the NSW Touch Referees Panel, and funded through the NSW Touch Association.

Since 2007 the TRYS program has been nurturing and developing refereeing talent within NSW Touch. Participants in the program receive coaching and support to assist them through the opportunities and pathways designed to ultimately achieve a Level 4 State Referee grading. Participants are required to commit to tournaments, training and other special events, while mentors are assigned to each participant to guide them through the journey and provide technical, leadership and sportsmanship skills.

The Touch Football, Her Way Coaching Program will consist of several conferences working on Game Development, Game Analysis, and Touch IQ. The program will also have a focus on Leadership, team dynamics as well as player and coach profiling.

This new initiative will be spearheaded by NSW High-Performance Coach Tony Trad as well as the game’s undisputed Leading Female Coach Karley Banks.

Tony Trad, Head of Coaching for NSWTA said “I am excited about this program. We have many fantastic Female Coaches who are just waiting for an opportunity to progress to the Elite level and to be able to deliver this program and to do so alongside such a highly successful Elite Touch Coach such as Karley Banks is an opportunity not to be missed.“

Of the program, State Participation Manager Rob Pidgeon said “it’s fantastic to be able to put the spotlight on growing women’s leadership through both coaching and refereeing because while participation on the field is close to 50% gender equity across most age demographics in our state, there is a disproportionate number of females progressing through coaching or refereeing pathways.”

Both programs comprise a successful grant that NSWTA made to the Office of Sport’s Her Sport, Her Way. More details including dates, locations, and application processes will be released in due course.